This is the second year in a row that freeze-up of Western Hudson Bay ice has come earlier than average. Movement of tagged bears and reports by folks on the ground in WH show some polar bears are starting to hunt seals on the sea ice that’s developing along the shore. It’s unlikely that a […]
“We’ve already seen Zinke put politics over science in Endangered Species Act decisions, from the Pacific walrus in Alaska to boreal toads in Colorado,” WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration today to expose a secretive program that denies Endangered Species Act protection to imperiled species like the Pacific walrus. Today’s lawsuit, […]
By Damian Carrington as published on The Guardian The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an […]
Fur seals on Kangaroo Island (Photo: Mitch Reardon) The island also has a fascinating human history. Evidence of stone tools and campsites indicate that Aboriginal people inhabited the Island as early as 16,000 years ago and as recently as 2,000 years ago. Why the Aboriginal people abandoned Kangaroo Island, or when they last lived there, […]
California Coastal Cleanup Day welcomes more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways each year. It brings awareness to the marine litter problem and provides a community event for direct involvement. Help us by joining in the fight to preserve wildlife […]
Long line fishing has a HUGE impact on a large variety of species, pushing some toward the slippery slope of extinction. Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles, Albatross, many Shark species, Sea Birds of all kinds, are all far too often victims, as these are tempted to take the bait on these long lines, or get tangled up in it while doing so.
Up to 25% of long line catches are thrown back (mostly dead) as waste into the sea. Long lines are called, ‘the Curtain of Death’.
The U.S. has banned long lines from near the west coast, but much more needs to be done. Protection of those species vulnerable to the trap of long lines around the world (length of line varies from 1 mile to 100 miles long) is required ASAP. To stop this unacceptable ocean waste a world- wide ban is desperately needed.
P.S. CANADIANS- write to your Member of Parliament, right now! And get your friends to do the same…
Plastic has been in the press a lot lately for the damage it has been causing to the world’s oceans, but it might come as a surprise that its invention is intricately linked to an effort to avoid an environmental disaster.